WOTUS Sent Back to EPA, But New Water Fight Could be Coming
Northern AG Network
The 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule may have suffered a final defeat, as a Texas court Tuesday granted a motion for summary judgement to the American Farm Bureau Federation that sends the rule back to EPA.
Baling wet hay becomes hot news
University of Missouri
High-moisture grass baled above 24% moisture can cause spontaneous combustion. Overheated bales can burn down a hay barn. Craig Roberts, University of Missouri forage specialist, said frequent rains this year help grass growth, but it’s been bad for making hay. He’s part of the team on a weekly MU Extension teleconference between state and regional specialists. Even if damp bales don’t go up in flames, nutrient quality cooks out of hay. Heat destroys carbohydrates and makes proteins indigestible to livestock.
Lower feed bills by stockpiling, planting small grains crops
Stockpiling forages and feeding small grains crops year-round can help cattle producers offset the higher costs of hay. That is the message from Dr. Larry Redmon, Extension program leader and associate department head for soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station. His recommendations and others by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists were part of walking demonstrations recently at the O.D. Butler Forage Field Day at Camp Cooley Ranch near Franklin.
American Gelbvieh Association Relocates Headquarters Office to Lincoln, Nebraska
The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters office to Lincoln, Nebraska. This relocation is taking place the first week in June.
Scoring Cattle For Mud And Manure
Mud and manure caked on cattle isn’t healthy for them nor for the consumer. It could potentially increase levels of E.coli in beef products. Shipping clean animals with little or no manure tags may minimize contamination of the trailer, as well as contamination of the carcass at the processor level.
Justin Sexten: Traceability Beyond the Ranch
Traceability is in the news everywhere we look. The largest U.S. retailer recently announced an effort to enhance their beef supply chain transparency by adding a traceable product line. There were plenty of mentions related to the product quality and several value-added production characteristics based on how the cattle would be managed, but the discussion clearly focused on system traceability.
Use of gender-selected semen in beef cattle
Saulo Menegatti Zoca, Jerica Rich, and George Perry
Tri State Livestock News
The use of new technologies by the beef industry usually lags its development by researchers. An example of this would be gender-selected semen. The incorporation of this or any new technology is dictated by its necessity and positive economic advantage. Semen sorted for a specific gender (sexed semen) became commercially available in 2003 for dairy cattle but did not have significant use by the industry until 2006.
Beef producers want lab-grown meat to be called something else entirely
Some words for the bits of animal that we eat are appetizing: chops, meat, fillet, ribs. Others—flesh, carcass, muscle—cut a little too close to the bone.
Ups and downs of cattle farming
Rome New Tribune
Farmers and ranchers can employ every “best practice” learned over decades in the business, or from any given workshop conducted by industry professionals, but when it comes right down to it, weather often has the final say as to their success any given year.
Taking a beating in global beef market
Japan is America’s biggest beef export market and now we have the opportunity to expand that market, thanks to Tokyo’s decision to lift an important trade barrier. Yet we still face obstacles in Japan and around the world.